Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 10 - 16, 2020

Talk about a "sea change"in assessment policy-- No statewide K-12 school testing took place this spring, and more than half of all U.S. 4-year colleges and universities will be ACT/SAT-optional for fall 2021 applicants
https://www.fairtest.org/more-half-all-us-fouryears-colleges-and-universiti

California State Considers Better Ways to Measure Student Academic Growth
https://www.educationdive.com/news/california-finally-considers-a-way-to-measure-student-growth/579327/

Colorado Denver Postpones Vote on Overhauling Controversial School Rating System
https://co.chalkbeat.org/2020/6/12/21289668/denver-reschedules-vote-school-performance-framework

Connecticut Back-to-School Assessments Should Not Be Standardized Tests
https://www.theday.com/op-edguest-opinions/20200615/relationships-reading-writing-and-math

Georgia State Eliminates edPTA Assessment Barrier for New Teachers
https://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_now/2020/06/georgia_eliminates_the_edtpa_requirement_for_teacher_candidates.html

New York Test-Based Selective School Admission Collapses Under Coronavirus
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/a-school-admissions-process-that-caused-segregation-fell-apart-in-weeks/ar-BB15kOUT?li=BBnb7Kz
New York Pearson Seeks More Money for "Gifted-ness" Testing
https://nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com/2020/06/in-midst-of-its-budget-crisis-doe-asks.html

North Carolina Districts Will Be Able to Choose Own Reading Assessment Tools
https://www.ednc.org/nc-school-districts-choose-reading-assessment-tools-why-and-how/

Texas  Will State Tests Be Cancelled for 2020-2021 School Year
https://www.reformaustin.org/coronavirus/will-staar-be-canceled-for-the-2020-21-school-year/

University Admissions Many Colleges Ditch ACT/SAT This Spring; Will They Go Back?
https://www.boston.com/news/education/2020/06/16/havard-other-top-colleges-are-ditching-required-admission-tests-over-covid-19
University Admissions Flagship Washington Public Campus Permanently Drops ACT/SAT Requirement
https://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/uw-goes-test-optional-dropping-sat-act-requirement-extending-a-coronavirus-accommodation/

Bob Schaeffer, interim Executive Director
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